SA160QMAM review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.2 (68 votes)
Ibanez: SA160QMAM
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Price paid: $ 237

Purchased from: Long & McQuade (Used)

Sound — 6
When I first got this guitar (1 1/2 years ago) I was into underground punk. And this guitar was terrible for it. Now I am into bands like Chuck Berry, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, ZZ Top, Led Zep, etc. and it is pretty decint for it, nothing great but it gets the job done. I use a VOX AD 30 VT and I use nothing for effects except the ocasional Wah or Tube-screamer. It is quite quiet on this amp, but on my old Fender Frontman 15 there was terribley loud buzz, The only buzzing I get from it now is when I am suing the neck pickup or when I stand too lcose to the amp. It has a quite full, bright clean sound and I can also get a very trebely, grainy sound as well. But on distorted it loses its edge. Just does seem to cut through the mix when practising, sounds a little muddy, and the is very little bite when soloing. Makes a great rhythm guitar but is lacking in the lead department.

Overall Impression — 6
It is an alround good guitar, It does'nt do any one style great but does them all decintly. This was my first ever electric so being a young musician it was a good match. I was happy with it when I bought and a year and a 1/2 later I pleased with, not happy anymore though. If it were stolen or lost I qould not buy another one, I have outgrown this guitar. I don't like that there is no real bite to the guitar but I do like how it looks. The only things I really wish it had was more bite and a floyd rose whammy bar so it would not go out og tune.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I am not really a live player so I don't know how it would stand up live but the hardware seems sturdy, I have smaked it, droped it, thrown it and it still is great. Quite reliable. The strap buttons are ok. It kept falling off my old strap so I bought one that you drill a hole into and stick on from the other side and I have had no problems after that. As I said I have had it for a year and a half and I play quite a bit and the finishes still looks as good as ever. Just a few polishes now and again and its fine.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I bought it used so I don't know the factory settings. I have been tinkering with the action for a wheil and can get it good, but not perfect. THe pickups are alright I only had to go get it reajusted once. But the humbucker keeps on falling inwards so I had to reset it myself and it seems good now. Everything was fine with this guitar when I bought it only a couple of dents and skratches, the tonal and volume knobs have fallen off a few times but as fopr that everythings good.

Features — 6
This guitar was made around 2002, made in Korea. It has 22 frets and a very skinny neck. It is probally has one of the skinniest necks I have ever played. It has a maple top with mahogany sides I do belive. It is a Strat style guitar (only better) and has a sting through body bridge which features a terrible whammy bar. On this guitar the whammy bar is absolutley useless. Use it a bit and you will have to re-tune right away. It has 1 volume (changes the tone more than the volume) and 1 tone knob. The tone knob works quite IMO. It has the usual Ibanez pickups with one humbucker and 2 single coils and standard non-locking tunning pegs.

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